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Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (CFFN): Insiders Are Buying, Should You?

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Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. CFFN has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with CFFN positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN)

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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a look at the key action encompassing Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN).

Hedge fund activity in Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN)

At Q1’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 5% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the biggest position in Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN). Renaissance Technologies has a $47.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, with a $29.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Howard Guberman’s Gruss Asset Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

Consequently, some big names have jumped into Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN) headfirst. Stevens Capital Management, managed by Matthew Tewksbury, assembled the largest position in Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN). Stevens Capital Management had 1.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time period, Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN) has experienced 2 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN). These stocks are First Niagara Financial Group Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG), Northwest Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:NWBI), Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STSA), Investors Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISBC), and Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ:WAFD). This group of stocks are the members of the savings & loans industry and their market caps resemble CFFN’s market cap.

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